Statistics show that one out of every eight traffic fatalities involves semi-truck accidents. That is nearly 5,000 truck-related fatalities every year. Many fatalities could be avoided if passenger vehicles and truckers would follow these simple tricks of the road.
Passenger vehicle drivers take note
- Trucks maneuver differently than cars. You should be extra alert when approaching. They cannot stop as quickly, and require much more distance to turn.
- Truckers are trained to warn you when they are about to make a change. Watch those blinkers and brake lights! Stay back away so the trucker can make his move without crushing you.
- Avoid blind spots. If you can’t see their mirrors, they cannot see you. Statistics show that nearly one-third of all semi-truck accidents occur because a car got into its blind spot. Don’t be the next one!
- Don’t cut them off. If you are approaching your exit and a trucker is in your path, lag behind it and get over. If you try to swerve in front of it and get off the road, he may have to hit his brakes. This can cause the large load to sway, taking the truck out of the control of the wheel and even if you get out of the way, there may be a wreck for which you are responsible.
- Understand how a truck turns. Even if the truck appears to swing left, he may in fact be swinging wide to turn right. If you try to pass on the right to get past, there is a good chance that you will broadside the cab. The wait is worth the time to avoid an accident.
Truckers Be Safe
- Take care of yourself. Eat well, stay fit, and get enough rest. Long hours on the road can make any driver weary, so stop once in awhile just to enjoy the countryside and get some fresh air. Also, don’t forget to fasten your seatbelt before you get back on the road. It could save your life.
- Slow down in work zones. Highway construction can wreak havoc on a truck drivers schedule and their nerves. Take your time and expect delays, uneven roadways, and directional changes. Also, watch out for those workers in orange vests!
- Keep your distance. Don’t depend on passenger vehicles to know your limits and stopping distance requirements. Make concessions for uneducated motorists, and anticipate hard braking situations. Drive defensively.
- Maintain your vehicle. Vehicle inspection is your responsibility. Check brakes, identify safety defects, and get repairs before risking your life and the lives of others on the road.
Some semi-truck accidents seem to rise up out of nowhere regardless of caution. If this should happen to you, be sure to call the professionals at Litster Frost to help you navigate the legal traffic jam in which you find yourself. Be prepared, stay safe, and give us a call today. Don’t be another statistic.